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Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

After detailed analysis of learning achievements of pupils with special needs and the analysis of potential solutions for managing the problem of low learning achievements and early school leaving with pupils with special needs, the most innovative and interesting strategy was the use of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in educational processes, which has proven to be very effective in raising pupils´ interest, motivation, cognitive and learning abilities, especially with pupils with special needs. The main objectives of the project are to develop an innovative approach for teachers and provide a more attractive education. This will be achieved by development of a guideline for teachers about how to use AAT in their curriculum and in their classrooms. The project will create new or improved practices to cater for the needs of disadvantaged group – pupils with special needs. Another objective is to train the members of the teaching staff how to use AAT in their curriculum programme and make them more skilled and prepared to integrate good practices and new methods into their daily activities and to support schools, teacher and pupils with special needs in the field of early school leaving. At the same time the teachers and others involved in the project will benefit from the linguistic and cultural diversity. The project involves 10 organizations from 8 different countries. The coordinator, an adult educational centre, was chosen because of its experience in coordinating and disseminations in national and international projects. ELISTA organization was chosen for the project because it is one of the rare institutions in Europe that offers AAT trainings and will offer its expertise on this subject throughout the project. The project focuses on teachers and on their use of AAT in classrooms on regular basis. We especially focused on teachers who deal with special need students and therefore we included five organizations with education for special needs students and three regular primary schools that have an increasing number of pupils with special needs. Through the project we will carry out various activities to reach the final output of the project – the guideline. The members of teaching staff will undergo theoretical and practical training in the field of using AAT in classrooms on regular basis. During the project they will work together with local volunteer organizations, which deal with AAT and will be trying out AAT method in the classrooms. During this they will keep detailed records, opinions and suggestions, which will be gathered by the coordinator. At the same time there will be activities carried out for the children in order to test reactions of children to animals. On the basis of all the experience in the project, partners will develop the final guideline for teachers on how to use AAT in classrooms. During the process of testing the guideline we will use the method of experimenting, method of problem solving will be used in cases of reports about occurring problems from the teachers, which will probably occur through testing, but will be solved by the project team. During the practical training and afterwards during the work done together with the local AAT organizations, we will use the method of demonstration, because the AAT experts will be demonstrating good practices to the participants and all through the project the project participants will use discussion techniques to manage the project and come to results. The main result of the project will be a final guideline for teachers about how to use Animal Assisted Therapy in classrooms. Among other we wish to encourage and educate members of teaching staff to use this method for the benefit of children and in this way raise their motivations for learning and at the same time raise their level of learning achievements. The impacts of the project are to improve participants´ knowledge of foreign languages, to gain a broader understanding of practices, politics and systems in the field of education and training, better understanding of social, language and cultural diversities and reactions to them, a more positive attitude towards European projects and values of the EU, to give participants a better understanding that it is not only the formal education is the one that is important for their further education and trainings, a strengthen motivation and contentment at their everyday work, to upgrade their yearly curriculum and educational plan with an innovative AAT method, a better understanding of different educational programmes in the special need education and general education in Europe, to raise their awareness of the beneficial effects of AAT in education. The organizations have already made plans how to continue with the AAT after the project finishes and they all made plans how to integrate project results into their regular segment of activities which will improve their educational offer and improve quality of services they offer.



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